Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Accreditation

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The ongoing accreditation process is a partnership between our institution and ACOTE used to approve and ensure we, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education, meets quality and accessibility standards. This several year process is one all programs must go through to not only allow its students to be eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam, but to ensure the best quality of education for all OTD students.

Accreditation LevelStatus
Apply for AccreditationComplete!
Candidacy Status GrantedComplete! 
Self-study ReportComplete!
Pre-Accreditation Granted
On-Site Evaluation
November 2023
Accreditation Status GrantedDecember 2023

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is

The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EDUCATION ACCREDITATION MANUAL VI.E. Revised June 2020 Section VI - Page 19 successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. (See our accreditation status here).